Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally based performing artists. This program is a Satellite Arts Partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD.
Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

All performances are held off-campus at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay-what-you-wish.

2017-2018 NextLOOK Series

This season’s NextLOOK artists will transport you to the far reaches of outer space, lead you through the nooks and crannies of their own backyards and let you discover the places and moments in between. Explore worlds both imagined and real — and be a part of creating it all. View all events in the 2017-2018 NextLOOK Series.

2018-2019 NextLOOK RFP


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, March 9, 2018

Download the full RFP to learn more about the NextLOOK series and its proposal requirements. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 2, 2018. Decisions for the 2018-2019 NextLOOK season will be made in May 2018.

Apply for the 2018-2019 NextLOOK Series


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, March 9, 2018

Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process? Apply to be a part of the 2018-2019 NextLOOK series!

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Compelling and feasible project proposal 
  • Clarity of residency design and purpose
  • Strong support materials

Artists who are selected to be part of NextLOOK must value the opportunity to engage with community members in a variety of settings. Audience engagement must be designed to ignite interaction and participation with the artist(s) in conversation that provides questions, feedback and ideas about the work in progress. Artists from across the performing arts – including dance, theatre and music as well as cross-genre collaborations – are encouraged to apply.

For questions about the application process or the NextLOOK program, please contact Jane Hirshberg, Assistant Director, Campus & Community Engagement at